Roleplaying is a fantastic way to help kids learn new things about the world. Without setting foot outside their homes, they can be pilots, pirates, etc.
If your kids love playing doctors, then they will probably like Pepi Doctor, a new app from developers Pepi Play. Just released yesterday, it gives kids the opportunity to work as a medical expert through a series of lighthearted mini games.
The Doctor Will See You Now
Starting the games are easy. First, kids choose the photo of the patient they want to work with: Amber, Eva, or Milo. Each patient suffers from the same five unfortunate medical conditions: a cold, a toothache, ear fungi, bone fractures, and scrapes all over their bodies from falling down.
To rid the patients of these conditions, kids are requested to perform a series of task. To cure the patient’s cold, they must take his temperature by placing a thermometer under his armpit, give him a hot drink, blow his nose, and use a spray medicine on his nose and mouth to kill bad germs.
In another example, kids check up on the patient’s toothache by brushing his teeth and removing black stains using a dental drill. Afterwards, they remove a bad tooth by pulling it out with their fingers.
To fix a fractured bone, kids remove a cast from the patient’s limb, place it under x-ray, and reassemble the broken bits of bones. To remove fungi from the patient’s ears, kids remove bandages from the ears, pluck out the fungi, and use ear drops on each ear.
Finally, to help the patient who has fallen down, kids are asked to remove twigs, branches, and thorns from his body. They are then to use an antiseptic spray on his scrapes, and cover them with bandages.
Parents Need to Know
Pepi Doctor is suitable for kids ages 3+. The app is mostly text-free, relying on visual cues and sound effects to help kids work out what needs to be done. For example, an outline will be shown on the location which an item needs to be placed. If an item is dragged to the wrong place, the patient will shake his/her head.
While it is possible to make mistakes in the activities, there are no win/lose situations. There is no timer -- the app allows kids to take their time in completing the activities. It constantly provides encouragement: saying "thank you!" whenever kids manage to complete a task, and cheering when the patient is completely healed.
Pepi Doctor does not contain ads or in-app purchases.
Things I Like
Pepi Doctor is a genuinely fun app for young kids. Like other apps from Pepi Play, Pepi Doctor features colorful, non-threatening graphics and smooth animations, as well as cute sound effects. The characters are adorable and reactive to kids’ actions.
Gameplay-wise, the app is a reminiscent of Toca Doctor, which also earned our love. Both are fine apps with their own merits. What I like about Pepi Doctor is that it chooses to present a series of related tasks to heal an ailment instead of short, one-off tasks. I find this approach more realistic, and it makes the app compelling.
The choice of ailments featured in the app are quite interesting. These are common ailments in kids, thus parents can use the app to teach kids about hygiene and first aid. I personally like the toothache procedure, which shows kids that not brushing your teeth after eating sweets can lead to unwanted pains.
Pepi Doctor is a wonderful roleplaying game in which kids get to cure three cute characters of five common ailments like cold and toothache, and learn a bit about hygiene and first aid in the process. The app is adorable as well as intuitive and easy to navigate. There are no win or lose situations, which makes the app suitable for young juniors.
App was provided for our honest review.